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"One of the great classics... Few subsequent works can be said to equal it in profundity and accessibility." (Jose Ignacio Cabezon, University of California, Santa Barbara)

"It brought for the first time a sophisticated account of Tibetan interpretrations of Madhyamaka, which was an enormous resource for those interested in Buddhist philosophy." (Georges Dreyfus)

"An important and invaluble work." (Tibet Journal)

"Hopkins succeeds in bringing this remarkable and complex philosophy to life." (MLBD Newsletter)

"An essential book for anyone interested in Tibetan Buddhism or Madhyamika philosophy...and an inexhaustible resource for the study of the Dharma and a major contribution to Buddhist studies." (Buddhist Studies Review)

"This is an extremely practical book. Mr. Hopkins' mind is so infused with Buddhist teachings that he readily translates arcane concepts into practical solutions for the myriad problems of daily existence." (The Beacon)

"A rich, comprehensive treatment of emptiness in the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition by the remarkable Western scholar and frequent English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is still the standard text on the subject, twenty-five years after its initial publication." (Rev. Danny Fisher)

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Text: English, Tibetan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications; Rep Sub edition (June 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861711106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861711109
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This encyclopedic and gound-breaking work inaugurated a new era of Buddhist scholarship in the West and significantly raised the standard for the study of Buddhism. This book is based on Professor Hopkins' Ph.D. dissertation of the same name. Since writing this book he has gone on to supervise the scholarship of numerous leaders in the field of Tibetan Buddhist studies at the University of Virginia, such as Elizabeth Napper, Anne Klein, Joe Wilson, Daniel Perdue, Donald Lopez, Guy Newland, and Georges Dreyfus among others. Together these scholars have produced a body of work which gives us a context and a philosophical vocabulary with which we can plunge into the world of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. This is of immense benefit not only to scholars but to Buddhist practitioners as well. This book started it all. It is a work of amazing depth which plunges into the Tibetan exegesis of the Indian Madhyamaka meditation. This analytical meditation tradition is designed to induce, through meticulous analysis, a direct perception of the absence of the mental and perceptual distortions which are at the root of suffering. The core delusion under which all mind-posessing beings suffer is the belief that phenomena exist inherently, or independently of their causes and conditions, their parts, and their designation by a valid consciousness. The fact that they do not exist in this way is called emptiness. Indian Madhyamaka masters Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Chandrakirti, and Shantideva express this view in their works. Their analysis is picked up by great luminaries of the Ge-lug-ba tradition in Tibet, such as Dzong-ka-ba and his disciples.Read more ›
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For those of you who want a thorough "intellectual" interpretation of the stages that lead to "Emptiness," this book is the best so far. It is not an instructional book but it does give a crystal clear presentation of the philosophical schools within Tibetan Buddhism. I would personally recommend this book to those who are interested in becoming familiar with the Epistemological aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.
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I bought this book while browsing a bookstore at a time i was going through a difficult time graduating from professional school. at the time i wantedto learn how to calm my mind. nine years after I'm still following it's advice. the majority of people i have met do not know, as i did not, what Buddhism is all about. or rather most people are misconceived about the teachings. just the words and the way things are put: powerful beautiful, clarifying, serene, calming to the mind. I wish everyone would know about emptiness.
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I have been studying Tibetan Buddhism at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Culture Center in Bloomington, Indiana under Geshe Lobtin ([...]) for about five years now and I would say that I am just BARELY able to make use of this book. Profesor Hopkins has done a wonderful job of bringing together authentic sources of Tibetan scripture and put it in one place. However, I would not say that this is a book a casual reader would get much out of. I am fortunate that I have Tibetan educated teachers I can talk to when I get stuck and so I am able to use this volume.

I have heard it said several times that a person of average means cannot understand dharma from a book without the help of a well qualified teacher. With this book in hand I would have to say that is certainly true. Buy the book and find a Geshe then sit, sit and sit some more.
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Meditation on emptiness, besides being a wonderful and perhaps singularly expressed text on this wonderful and most useful study of the center of Madyamika study, was sent in a timely fashion and in great condition.
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Presents many contemplations on emptiness and advice on how to meditate, culminating in the debate that sparked the division in the Madhyamaka. Also includes a translation of the text "Emptiness in the Prasangika System" by Jam-yang-shay-pa.

Very thorough and academic. Also uses lots of precise terminology. Good choice for those looking to gain a more thorough understanding.
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